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Monster-in-Law (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  13 May 2005 (USA)
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The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.

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After years of looking for Mr. Right, Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini finally finds the man of her dreams, Kevin Fields, only to discover that his mother, Viola, is the woman of her nightmares. A recently fired news anchor who is afraid she will lose her son the way she has just lost her career, Viola determines to scare off her son's new fiancé by becoming the world's worst mother-in-law. While Viola's long-time assistant Ruby does her best to help Viola execute her crazy schemes, Charlie decides to fight back and the gloves come off as the two women battle it out to see just who is the alpha-female. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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He gave her a ring. His mom gave her a finger. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sex references and language | See all certifications »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,312,679 (UK) (13 May 2005)

Gross:

$1,307,593 (Italy) (7 October 2005)
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Both Mark Moses and Harriet Sansom Harris had cameos in this film who played enemies Paul Young and Felicia Tillman, respectively, on the U.S. TV hit Desperate Housewives. See more »

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When Kevin approaches Charlie on the beach he is carrying two cups of coffee. He takes a drink and then when he chokes and wipes his mouth on his sleeve and the second cup of coffee is gone and then back again in the next moment. See more »

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[first lines]
[Charlie sitting at her desk at home. Phone rings. Charlie lets the answering machine pick up and listens to the recording]
Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini: [Answering machine message] Hi, it's Charlie. Leave a message.
[Answering machine beeps to signal beginning of message]
Carol, from LA Temp Agency: [Leaving message on answering machine] Hi Charlie, it's Carol from the L.A. Temp Agency. Listen, Dr. Patel's office needs you for tomorrow. Is that ok? Let me know. Bye.
[Answering machine beeps signaling end of message]
Remy: [Charlie sketching]
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Down with You
Written by Ellie Lawson, Leor Dimant, John O'Brien, Jeff Phillips,
Joe Macre. and Rick Witkowski
Performed by Ellie Lawson
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Contains a sample of "Safety in Numbers"
Performed by Crack the Sky
Courtesy of Lifesong Records, a division of PKM Productions LLC
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The Legend And The Temp
15 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had such a thrill watching the unsinkable Jane Fonda making a wonderful fool of herself that I've actually saw it twice. The second time with my thumb on the fast forward. I've watched Jane's Viola interview that Brittany Spears clone many, many times. It's outrageously close to the knuckle and Fonda goes for it, body and soul. The problem resides elsewhere. I hope Jennifer Lopez has someone around her who can tell her the truth. She is so bad that the film can't recover from the heaviness of her romantic turns. She is the iceberg to this particular titanic. There is not a moment of sincerity in her entire performance and the fact that she is standing opposite one of the most truthful of actresses in the history of acting makes her appearance all the more jarring. Jane please, gives as more, Jennifer, go back to school.


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